michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US


The Rolling Solar Recliner

The Rolling Solar Recliner

Michael Jantzen
© 2012

This outdoor reclining chair has three different backrest positions. It also has an adjustable pull down privacy screen, and a solar panel mounted on its top. The solar panel is used to generate electricity from the sun, which can be used to power a computer, i pad, a fan, a radio etc. The Rolling Solar Recliner is mounted on wheels so it can be easily moved.
The support frame would be made of sustainably grown wood or bamboo. The seat and backrest would be made of eco-friendly fabric and rubber. The solar cells would be flexible photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight into electricity for direct use. Some of this electricity could be stored in a small battery for use when the sun is not available to power a night-light.
The purpose of the design is to explore ways in which to incorporate alternative energy gathering and storage facilities into the built environment, in this case, into furniture. It is also an investigation into how furniture can become a more complete environment within itself, and therefore merge with architecture.

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Status: Built
Location: Valencia California